Making Connections in DCHS Advisory
Dayton Christian High School has added a weekly small group time called “advisory” to its weekly routine, a move that is made possible due to the new hybrid block schedule that was introduced for the 2020-2021 school year.
The advisory period provides the DC faculty and staff an opportunity to intentionally invest in the lives of students in this smaller, relational group setting, said DCHS Academic Advisor Renetta Hendricks.
Making Connections Possible
The purpose of the 35-minute advisory period is multi-faceted. First, it provides time to have an in-depth discussion of chapel messages and topics that students will face throughout the year. It will also be a time to use the Naviance curriculum to explore students’ God-given gifts and interests and see how they can relate to a career search.
At its core, however, the advisory period is all about making connections.
“Advisory is a way to connect,” said DCHS English teacher Nicole Sharp. “I look at it as a small group or ‘house church’ within the walls of DC.”
On Tuesdays, advisory groups watch the chapel message together. On Wednesdays, they meet again and dig into the message, reflect, and share how God is working in their lives.
“I think the group is beneficial because everyone needs someone to talk to and people to hold them accountable” said Sharp. “It is a safe space to share and ask questions.”
Sharp believes the time together in advisory period can bring about long-term spiritual growth for our high school students.
“I told the girls in my group that in order to make big spiritual changes – to really see the ripple effect – it has to start small. It starts with the individual and the small group. If each group is striving towards a better relationship with Christ, learning to love well, what a great change we will see!”
How Advisory Period Works
Students meet with their assigned advisory teacher on Tuesdays and Wednesdays right after the first block schedule period of the day (9:40 – 10:15 am). Advisory groups are made up of combinations of students in Grades 11-12, Grades 9-10, and Grades 7-8 and are made up of 16-18 students. Groups will meet all year long with the same group leader.